Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia
Province of Eastern Counties
The Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia (Society of Rosicrucians in England or SRIA) is an independent Christian society. Admission is limited to Master Masons who are subscribing members of a Lodge under the Grand Lodge of England or a jurisdiction in amity with Grand Lodge and who accept and believe in the fundamental principles of the Trinitarian Christian faith.
The Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia does not, however, constitute another interesting degree in Freemasonry, to be acquired in the course of ordinary Masonic progress. It is something beyond and outside Freemasonry. More and more Freemasons are looking to the Christian degrees for answers to the questions confronted during their daily advancement in Masonic knowledge.
The membership of the S.R.I.A. is made up from brethren who have all trod the same path within the structure of Masonry. The Society is the ideal forum for Masons who wish to extend their contemplation of the hidden mysteries of Nature and Science.
“The aim of the Society is to afford mutual aid and encouragement in working out the great problems of Life, and in discovering the Secrets of Nature; to facilitate the study of the system of Philosophy founded upon the Kabbalah and the doctrines of Hermes Trismegistus, which was inculcated by the original Fratres Rosae Crucis of Germany, A.D. 1450; and to investigate the meaning and symbolism of all that now remains of the wisdom, art and literature of the Ancient World.”
Thus the object of the society is to bring together Freemasons of philosophical outlook in order that they may afford aid and encouragement to each other in the pursuit of their own studies in the field of philosophy and scholarship in the widest sense. Ultimately, the Society’s object is to bring its members a few steps nearer to wisdom and an understanding of the true nature of reality.
Members are encouraged to read original papers or extracts from the works of others and to join in the discussions that arise.Members should be prepared, not only to take part in the Grade ceremonies, but also to listen and learn and, by study and giving to others the results of that study, to take an active part in working out the great problems of life and understanding the wisdom, art and literature of the Ancient World.
Members have researched and presented papers on diverse subjects including Number Symbolism, Alchemy, Artificial Intelligence, Shamanism &c as well as biographies of eminent philosophers of Science, Esotericism and Mysticism.
The High Council of the Society has a valuable library of some three thousand volumes at its premises at Freemasons Hall in London, which is accessible to members of the Society. Members of Colleges outside London who wish to borrow books from the library may do so through their College High Council Representative.
Province of Eastern Counties
Colleges in this Province meet at Chingford, Harlow, Southend, Sudbury and Thetford.
In the first four grades the only regalia is the jewel of the society suspended from a green ribbon
What will you get from it ?
Most members will say that the Society is a very friendly order and the most gentle of Christian Orders. All those who join enjoy our colourful ceremonies lwhich never fail to leave a lasting impression on new candidates and old members alike.
Each College can expect regular visits from the Chief Adept or his Deputy, the Suffragan, and these are looked forward to with eager anticipation by the members.
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